GTR is pleased to reveal the shortlist for this year’s Leaders in Trade awards, which highlight excellence in the trade, commodity, supply chain and export finance and fintech markets.

The names listed under each category are based on submissions sent to GTR and, where relevant, Best Deals signed in 2018 were referenced as further substantiation. Where only one name is listed, this institution is the outright winner.

Winners in all categories will be recognised and announced at GTR’s annual awards dinner in London on May 2, 2019.

Congratulations to all the nominees!


Regional awards

Best trade finance bank in:

Southern Africa:

Shortlisted nominees: Crown Agents Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, SMBC, Standard Bank

Eastern Africa:

Shortlisted nominees: Citi, Crown Agents Bank, SMBC, Standard Bank

West Africa:

Shortlisted nominees: BACB, FCMB Bank (UK), The Access Bank UK, Zenith Bank (UK)

Middle East & North Africa:

Shortlisted nominees: Arab Bank, BACB, FAB, Standard Chartered

North America:

Shortlisted nominees: Citi, Scotiabank

Latin America:

Shortlisted nominees: Banorte, Santander

Asia Pacific:

Shortlisted nominees: ANZ, HSBC, Mizuho, Westpac

Nordic Region:

Shortlisted nominees: Danske Bank, Nordea

Eastern Europe:

Shortlisted nominees: Raiffeisenbank, Ukrgasbank, VTB Bank

Western Europe:

Shortlisted nominees: Commerzbank, Crédit Agricole, ING, Nordea, Santander


Shortlisted nominees: Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, NatWest, Santander



Global awards

Best trade finance bank:

Shortlisted nominees: BNP Paribas, Citi, Crédit Agricole, HSBC

Best export finance bank:

Shortlisted nominees: BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, SMBC, Standard Chartered

Best commodity trade finance bank:

Shortlisted nominees: Deutsche Bank, Société Générale

Best supply chain finance bank:

Shortlisted nominees: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Santander

Best trade credit and political risk insurance broker:

Shortlisted nominees: BPL Global, JLT Specialty, Texel

Best trade credit and political risk insurance underwriter:

Shortlisted nominees: AIG, AXA XL, Chaucer, Liberty Specialty Markets

Best development bank in trade:

Winner: Asian Development Bank

Best correspondent bank:

Shortlisted nominees: BNY Mellon, Crown Agents Bank

Best alternative trade finance provider:

Shortlisted nominees: Greensill, PrimaDollar, Stenn International

Best trade finance software provider:

Shortlisted nominees: CGI, China Systems, CryptoBLK

Best fintech disrupter:

Shortlisted nominees: Liberty Specialty Markets (Toredo), Orbitt, Taulia, Tradeteq,

Most innovative bank:

Shortlisted nominees: BNP Paribas, Citi, HSBC, ING

FI that has made a significant contribution to sustainability:

Shortlisted nominees: Barclays, BNP Paribas, Halotrade

Best export credit agency:

Shortlisted nominees: Africa Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), SERV, UK Export Finance

Best trade finance law firm:

Shortlisted nominees: Allen & Overy, Norton Rose Fulbright, Sullivan & Worcester